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Skyrim Anniversary Edition costs $50, upgrade path for Special Edition owners

Skyrim Anniversary Edition Night Sky
Skyrim Anniversary Edition Night Sky (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

What you need to know

  • Skyrim Anniversary Edition is a new version of Bethesda's iconic role-playing game.
  • Bethesda shared on Friday that Skyrim Anniversay Edition is $50 for new players, with a $20 upgrade fee for anyone that already owns Skyrim Special Edition.
  • A handful of the included Creation Club Content and the current generation optimizations are coming for existing owners at no extra cost.
  • Skyrim Anniversary Edition is slated to launch on Nov. 11, 2021.

Bethesda Softworks shared the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition on Friday. The most important news is that of price. Any new buyers for Skyrim Anniversary Edition will be paying $50. Meanwhile, anyone who already owns Skyrim Special Edition can just pay a $20 upgrade fee.

Skyrim Anniversary Edition includes hundreds of pieces of curated Creation Club content. Four pieces of content, including Fishing, are coming for free to all Skyrim Special Edition owners, no upgrade required. Anyone who owns Skyrim Special Edition on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S or PS5 is also getting free technical upgrades that allow the game to take advantage of current generation console hardware, though there still aren't any technical details right now beyond much faster loading.

Bethesda also shared that Trophies and Achievements will carry forward except for PS4 players upgrading to PS5, due to how the systems work on those consoles.

Skyrim Anniversary Edition is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 11, 2021. Bethesda Game Studios' next big role-playing game, the science-fiction title Starfield, is slated for a year out on Nov. 11, 2022. Starfield is coming exclusively to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

7 Comments
  • So for current Special Edition owners with Series X|S, the only thing you get for the $20 is some additional pieces of creation club content?
  • You get the full slate of Creation Club content with the $20 upgrade fee. The current-gen optimizations (whatever they are) and a handful of Creation Club content, including the fishing and aquariums, are free.
  • Is the title bugging anyone else? XD
  • Is the anniversary edition going to be included with gamepass or do we still need to drop the $20 to upgrade?
  • The real question right here.
  • As far as we're aware, $20 upgrade, since Skyrim Special Edition is included with Game Pass.
  • They need to do this for Fallout 3 and New Vegas. I always liked them better.